Tasmania SES is asking the community to be prepared with potentially heavy rainfall and thunderstorms forecast across the state today.

“With a significant weather system forecast across the state today, we are advising everyone to be prepared and keep informed of the conditions,” said SES Assistant Director Leon Smith.

“The weather system, including possible severe thunderstorm activity, is expected to cross the state starting on the west coast as far south as Strahan this morning before extending to the north coast around Bridport.

“The system is then expected to move to the south of the state early this afternoon.

“With thunderstorm activity comes the potential for flash flooding in localised areas.

“Tasmania SES is preparing for the weather, and we encourage the community to do the same.”

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:

  • Supervise children closely.
  • Check that family and neighbours are aware of warnings.
  • Manage pets and livestock.
  • Secure outdoor items including furniture and play equipment.
  • Be prepared in case of power outages and report any outages to TasNetworks on 132 004.
  • Beware of damaged trees and power lines and take care when driving.
  • Listen to the ABC radio or check www.ses.tas.gov.au for further advice.

“Remember, if you’re in an area that becomes affected by heavy rains, advice from Tasmania Police is to be safe on the roads, slow down, put your headlights on, and never drive through a flooded road.”

Be prepared and keep up-to-date with:

  • weather information and warnings available at bom.gov.au
  • SES Flood Warnings available at TasALERT.com and on facebook.com/tasalert
  • road closures at police.tas.gov.au/community-alerts/
  • preparedness information available at ses.tas.gov.au